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Here are some McIntosh stories and accounts over the years:

Mackintosh Clan Origins

The Macintosh clan claim descent from the royal house of Duff, through Shaw or Seach MacDuff, the second son of Duncan Macduff, Earl of Fife.  Shaw was part of a force led by King Malcolm IV which repressed a rebellion in Moray in 1160.  For this action he was awarded the lands of Petty and Breachley in Invernesshire and appointed the Constable of Inverness castle.  Assuming the name "Mac-an-toisch" which means "Son of the Thane or Chief," he began his own clan.

Colonel Anne Farquharson-Macintosh

Anne Farquharson had married Angus Mackintosh, the 22nd chief of Macintosh, in 1741.  Four years later, with the outbreak of the rebellion, she dressed herself in male attire and raised two battalions of the clan for Bonnie Prince Charlie.  Her contingent was the first to take the field at the battle of Culloden.  For her leadership was the first woman in Scottish history to be given the title of Colonel. 

The story goes this woman and a handful of her clan, fearing arrest and imprisonment, scared off 1,500 British regulars by banging pots and pans, shooting off muskets and running feverishly through the woods near Moy Hall, thereby confusing the approaching British and convincing them they were far outnumbered. This incident became known as the Rout of Moy. 

Colonel Anne was also famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie evade capture by the British and allowing him to stay at Moy during the 1745 uprising. 

Scottish author Janet Paisley wrote a novel based on Lady Anne's exploits, White Rose Rebel published in 2007.

John Mackintosh of Aberarder

John Mackintosh of Aberarder was Provost of Inverness from 1794 to 1797 and from 1800 to 1803.  The Provost used to boast that he had been wounded at Culloden.  In fact he had been too young to fight and the real story ran as follows: 

“A significant testimony to the wanton cruelty of the English troopers existed in the person of Provost John MacIntosh of Inverness, father of the late Mr. Charles MacIntosh of Aberarder. 

Being an infant of eighteen months at the time of the Prince's stay at Inverness, he had been sent with his nurse, to be out of the way, to a house somewhere in the neighborhood of Culloden.  A few days after the battle a party of dragoons had gone into the house in the nurse's absence and, finding the child in a cradle, they after pillaging the house placed the cradle with the infant in it on the fire. When found by the nurse, the embryo magistrate was a good deal scorched; and till his dying day bore the marks on his arms.” 

He had two sons, William and Phineas, who left to seek their fortunes in the West Indies.  William died unmarried, it is not known where.  Phineas Mackintosh, known as Phinny Fool, was later well known in Inverness for his eccentricity and extravagance.  

The Mackintosh Raincoat

Charles Macintosh devoted all his spare time in Glasgow to science and in particular ro chemistry.  In this he was highly successful.  His experiments with one of the by-products of tar, naphtha, led to his invention of waterproof fabrics, the essence of his patent being the cementing of two thicknesses of India rubber together, the India rubber being made soluble by the action of the naphtha. 

He patented his invention for waterproof cloth in 1823 and the first Mackintosh coats were made in the family's textile factory, Charles Macintosh and Co. of Glasgow.  By 1830 the company merged with the clothing company of Thomas Hancock in Manchester.  Early coats had problems with smell, stiffness, and a tendency to melt in hot weather.  Hancock further improved their waterproof fabrics, patenting a method for vulcanizing rubber in 1843 which solved many of the problems.

John MacIntosh Mor and His Kin in Georgia

John MacIntosh Mohr had his adventures in Georgia.  He became a storekeeper in the colony, traded with the Indians, and fought the Spanish.  He was in fact taken prisoner by the Spanish, transported to Spain, and languished in prison there for some time before being eventually released and returned to Georgia.   He died there in 1756. 

His son Lachlan was a prominent figure in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  But he is best remembered in Georgia history because of his affair of honor with Button Gwinnett.  Their duel fought on the outskirts of Savannah in 1777 resulted in the death of Gwinnett, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. 

Accompanying John MacIntosh Mohr and his company of Highlanders to Georgia were two of his cousins, Roderick and John (sons of Benjamin MacIntosh whom historians have identified as the natural son of Brigadier William MacIntosh from the Jacobite Uprising of 1715). 

Roderlck and John MacIntosh did not tarry long at Darien but plunged further into the wilds of the Creek Indian country and settled at MacIntosh Bluffs on the Tombigbee river in what is now Alabama.  Roderick, known as "Old Rory" was a choleric, eccentric bachelor, held a commission as a captain in the British Army, and fought against the Spanish in the south.  John his brother was also a British captain, lived at MacIntosh Bluffs, and married a Scotch lady of the MacGillivray clan.

Chief William McIntosh and His Son Chilly

In February 12, 1825 Governor Troup of Georgia and Chief William McIntosh with eight other chiefs signed the Treaty of Indian Springs which ceded the Creek lands east of the Chattahoochee river to the state of Georgia.  Despite Governor Troup's promise to protect the Chief, McIntosh was traced back to his home in Carroll county by angry Upper Creek Indians.  There he was killed, his slaves run off, his crops burned, and his cattle slaughtered.

Local legend has it that his son Chilly escaped from his family's burning home on the McIntosh reserve on that fateful day in 1825.  He had apparently been sleeping in an outbuilding as there was no room in the main house.

In 1828 Chilly led the first party of Lower or McIntosh faction Creeks out of Georgia into Indian territory.  He went on to sign the major Creek treaties of the period, including the 1861 treaty of alliance with the Confederate States of America.  He in fact served as a Confederate officer during the Civil War.   After the war he retired to his farm near Fame in present-day McIntosh county, Oklahoma where he died in 1875.

The McIntosh Apple

John McIntosh was born in New York state in 1777, the son of Scottish immigrant Alexander McIntosh who was a loyalist during the American Revolution.  He emigrated to Ontario sometime between 1795 and 1801 and settled in South Dundas township. 

While clearing his property in the spring of 1811, McIntosh discovered a number of seedling apple trees growing wild.  He transplanted them to his garden.  By the following year only one had survived.  Several years later, the tree was producing the crisp, delicious fruit that is now well known.  The discoverer eventually dubbed it the 'McIntosh Red,' which is still the apple's official name. 

The apple’s subsequent fame would probably have come as an enormous surprise to John, an illiterate and pious Methodist farmer who had the good fortune to own the land on which the “one of a million” tree was found. 

t wasn't until 1870, nearly a quarter of a century after his death, that the apple was officially "introduced" and named.  Its qualities only began to be recognized twenty years later.  The horticulturist William Macoun remarked in 1907: “It is only during the past ten or fifteen years that the fruit has become widely known.  So great is the popularity at present that the nurserymen cannot meet the demand for trees.” 

The tree that spawned this legacy was damaged by fire in 1894.  The McIntosh family nursed the old tree along until 1908, the last year it produced a crop.  In 1910 it fell over.  A flat headstone now marks the spot where the stump had remained for years.

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